Lionel Announces Top 10 Die Cast Of 2017

Nov 19, 2017; Homestead, FL, USA; Detailed view of a diecast replica of NASCAR Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr held by a fan awaiting autograph during the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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Photo via Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports Images

The National Motorsports Press Association apparently could have named the most popular driver of 2017 based on merchandise sales and the result would have remained the same.

Lionel Racing tweeted a picture Thursday, revealing that Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s cars accounted for six of the 10 best-selling NASCAR diecasts of 2017. The top-10 list proves that NASCAR fans actually put their money where their mouths are, as 68 percent of fan-submitted votes for the most popular driver award similarly were for Earnhardt.

The No. 88 Chevrolet sported multiple looks during Earnhardt’s final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, with one-off paint schemes for the Ford EcoBoost 400, NASCAR All-Star Race and various other races. But one of the special paint jobs didn’t crack the top-10: Earnhardt’s AC Delco-themed ride.

@DaleJr's Axalta/Last Ride die-cast didn't just lead our 2017 Top 10 list, it's also the best-selling car in Lionel Racing history! Check out the 10 cars that made the cut and more at

— Lionel Racing (@Lionel_Racing) December 14, 2017

Many fans weren’t a fan of the Axalta-branded throwback scheme, as it wasn’t one of the more recognizable designs from the 43-year-old’s career. But Earnhardt noted at the time that it was significant to him, given that it was the car that launched his career.

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